KATINA VENETIS '78
A former standout field hockey player and captain, KATINA VENETIS was one of the leading female athletes at the College in the foundation years of the mid 1970s. She played midfielder for four years for Coach Rita Castagna was a four year starter and captain in her senior year.
She had matriculated from Doherty High School in Worcester, MA where she had been a three-sport standout in field hockey, basketball and track. At Assumption College she was a standout fullback on the first four varsity teams in the College's history.
She was regionally recognized as one of the premier defenders playing in front of Hall of Fame goalkeeper Joan Ladner.
Her inspiration and courage in helping to keep alive and build programs for female athletes in the early years of competition at the College are her major contributions. She was there for the College's first women's varsity victory, a 2-0 win over arch-rival Bentley College in 1973, and her spirit was still alive in 1992 as then head coach Louisa Jones was named the National Coach-of-the-Year after leading the Hounds to a 10-5-2 mark.
She received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the College and then received a second Bachelors and subsequent Doctorate in Chiropractic from the National College of Chiropractic in Wheaton, IL.
After several years of practicing in Wheaton, Illinois, Venetis now owns and operates the Wellspring Chiropractic Center in Duxbury, MA.
In the past year she competed in the Mrs. Massachusetts America Pageant and was awarded the Educational Achievement Award and placed in the top 10. She is married to Kevin Manning and the couple has one daughter, Elena Sophia.